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What should I get to use my PB as a desktop replacement?
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KeilwerthSX90R
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Oct 10, 2005, 09:00 PM
 
I'm thinking of selling my Desktop and using my PB as a desktop replacement and I was wondering what accessories I should be look at. I would be using a monitor (ADC or DVI), USB keyboard, Firewire HD, iPod, speakers, etc. Is there a good dock for the Al. PBs? I have a 17".

Also, are there any good external DVD burners out there that work with iTunes for CDs and iDVD for DVDs?

Anything else I should be thinking about?

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Oct 10, 2005, 10:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by KeilwerthSX90R
Also, are there any good external DVD burners out there that work with iTunes for CDs and iDVD for DVDs?
For a burner I like the Pioneer DVR-110D... supported by OS X, fastest burner speeds available, supports all the DVD formats except DVD-RAM, lets you set the booktype, and it's $45 at Newegg. Find an enclosure you like with an Oxford (911/912/922) chipset, should be $30-40.
     
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Oct 11, 2005, 04:48 PM
 
a mouse!!!...if i were you, id go with wireless keyboard n mouse...they made my 'desktop' a dream
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Oct 11, 2005, 04:54 PM
 
I find having a nice, small computer cart has been nice. I can set up shop at various locations in my house by simply rolling it wherever I want. Mine has a keyboard tray, and a couple of shelves that make it pretty handy. It was actually designed to place a desktop tower on a small shelf to one side of the cart, but I've found that that space is perfect for me to keep my backpack on.

You can also look at the forum post that people have posted photos of their various setups. There are some pretty nice systems people have built themselves based on having the PowerBook as a desktop replacement.
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Oct 11, 2005, 05:47 PM
 
I'd reco:
- Matias tactilepro keyboard (best one out there IMHO)
- Kensignton Turbo Mouse Trackball (I prefer trackballs over a mouse)
- Monitors. Dell makes some great monitors in their UltraSharp Line (in fact some excellent deals right now using Dell coupons. See dealmac.com for details.)
- Speakers. Tough one. Listen to as many as you can. After trial and many errors settled for the Klipsch 2.1 THX.
     
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Oct 11, 2005, 11:05 PM
 
Check out the PB setup thread. Lots of ideas there.

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Oct 15, 2005, 11:01 PM
 
Thanks for the great responses so far. I will be keeping my Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. I will probably also add a Dell 20" although the 17" on the PB aren't bad.

One major question: is there a good dock for the 17" PB?
     
   
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